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Indian Railway is considering a bullet train service connecting Chennai and Mysore, via Bangalore. If implemented, Chennai-Bangalore train travel times will come down by over five hours by 2030 — close to just two hours and 25 minutes.
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Splitting the times, Chennai-Bangalore journey time will be cut by almost 100 minutes and Bangalore-Mysore; 40 minutes. It is only recently when the German government submitted a proposal to the Indian Railway regarding the feasibility of a bullet train service in the Chennai-Arakkonam-Bangalore-Mysore route; a 435-kilometre stretch.
German Ambassador, Martin Key, submitted a detailed study on the project to Railway Board Chairman, Ashwani Lohani. The study suggests that the bullet train service not only brings down the travel time (to lesser than three hours from the current seven hours), but also allows for a maximum speed close to 320km/h.
85% of the proposed route will be elevated while tunnels make up for 11%. The study pointed out that the existing railway lines can be integrated into the high-speed rails too, in order to minimise costs and land acquisition. However, this plan was rejected by the Indian Railway, stating that the current lines are too complicated to welcome such a change.
The German government has studied the feasibility of both combined and individual rail lines for the bullet trains. As per Indian Railway officials, individual railway lines are more viable. The project might cost the government almost a lakh crore rupees, plus an additional Rs 150 crore as rolling stock. At present, the proposal is under review.
Keeping in mind that the travel rates could be much higher than the existing top-class AC coaches, bullet trains could save a lot of time. Other routes such as New Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Nagpur, Mumbai-Chennai and Mumbai-Nagpur, are also under consideration.
Thoughts On The Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore Bullet Train Service
Bullet trains have always been a distant dream for the Indian Railway. There have been numerous proposals in the past, and we might be able to see one being implemented in the not-too-distant future. As for the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore bullet train route, some can even consider it as a better alternative to a flight journey.